The NK 2000 Project

The NK 2000 Project

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Transmission Rebuild: Part I

I thought about this project for a long time before finally taking the plunge.  My original transmission was in excellent shape, all in all, but because it's an early Getrag 232 with Porsche syncors, age and use had slowly but surely devoured said synchros. While they hadn't gotten any worse during the years I have owed the car, inevitably they were a real downer and prevented me or any other driver from fully appreciating the M10 motor.

So I sent the transmission off the Jim Rowe and the crew at Metric Mechanic for a rebuild. Their work didn't come cheap, but then you get what you pay for in cars as well as in life.

Yestersday the unit arrived back at my house courtesy of UPS.  I opened the box and discovered a work of art that belongs, surely, in the Seattle Art Museum as a stand-alone object to venerate with reverence.


 The transmission looks too pretty to unwrap.

When I sent the gearbox I included the selector rod, because the holes in the fork were worn and I wondered if Metric Mechanic could do anything about this issue, which caused play in the shifter.  They refreshed the rod and now I can't wait to get it back in the car and see how she shifts.


 I really had no idea when I shipped the selector rod that they would be able to perform such delicate surgery.

Now I have only to wait until the proper time for reinstalling the transmission.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Matching Numbers


Freshly Sealed

Two different seals went on the car this week- the trunk seal, which was long overdue to be changed, and the passenger side door wing seal, which had pretty much disintegrated with the passage of decades.

The door seal was easy enough to install, after figuring out how to defy gravity and allow that nasty but effective black 3M sealant to dry.


I have heard that this seal is NLA but W&N still has them in stock.


The trunk seal proved to be more problematic with its own gravity issues. I even thought of taking the trunk off the car to do the installation, but in the final analysis it was easier to take the problem to Patrick at Midnight Motorsport and have him do the work. It turned out nicely.



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Rear-End Records Deleted

I'm the first person to admit it - occaisionally I get absent-minded. This used to be especially distressing when I would forget to close the trunk before lowering the garage door.


What happened is that the bottom of the metal door track, which slides backward when the door is going down, used to hit the rear trunk trim. Thus I had a record, over the years, of how many times I had done this.


Depending on the position of the car at the time, the ding that that resulted when I lowered the door used to hit near the center-left of the trunk trim.  Here I count around six episodes, although there is evidence of more out of the picture frame.

Anyhow, the cost of a new piece of trim isn't really very high. I also replaced the small trim connector pieces, which were aged and nasty.  Result - a pristine, record-free transom.

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I only attempted this fix after going for at least a year ding-free, proving that an old person CAN learn new tricks.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The B-Pillar Interior Trim

Ever since I took possesion of the car, the left side B-Pillar trim had a crack right through it, very obvious and plain to see. My theory is that - well, I haven't the slightest idea why this happened. I never photograhed the defect because it detracted from the nice conditon of the rest of the car. But here it is, after I removed the trim from the car. Oddly, both sides popped right out.  Seldom on an NK does any part just snap off easily; usually each item is attached to several others, requiring complicated disassembly. But not this time.


Except for a msyterious piece of masking tape on each side of the car, underneath the trim the metal was clean and rust-free.


I had bought from Germany two used trim pieces, with a view to replacing both. Because they were black, they had to be painted to match. Luckily I found a version of Rustoleum spray paint that was an identical match, nearly.

I painted the trim on the floor of the garage on a wet, rainy day. The pieces took forever to dry.


What was really astonishing was how close the color match proved to be. I moved the newly painted pieces to the hood of the car and placed one of the old pieces beside them for comparision.


The original part from the car is on the left in the above photo. The newly-painted pieces look glossier because they are still damp.

Lastly, I noticed that the bolts that hold the seat belt in place had once been painted also, whether or not in the factory I had no way of knowing. But I decided to repaint them, too.


I had to wait about eight hours for the paint to dry sufficiently to put the new trim back in the car. The project was a great success, approved by all concerned.


Toward the bottom on this side was where the old trim piece had cracked in half. Now gone, vansished without a trace!





Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Slowly Sorting Interior Colours

I saw a tip on the FAQ forum from a woman who makes high-quality upholstery and carpets, about a company that faithfully reproduces BMW interior vinyl colours. So I ordered a small bottle of black paint with a view toward restoring the A-pillar trim to black, which I am quite sure was the factory hue for all NK interiors.  The paint went on smoothly with good coverage and now the car has yet another element of its original interior.








Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mistaken Project / Great New Look

Yesterday I repainted my rear parcel shelf to black, thinking that was the factory colour. Well... as they say, "Oops." It's been pointed out to me that the shelf colours were coordinated with the rest of each car's interior hue. So I am now searching for some braun vinyl paint to correct my egregious, if forgivable error.

Live, learn, and move on.

At least I didn't make a mistake when I ordered the NOS beauty rings, which I quickly added to my steelies, and then proudly posed the car for a blog cover photo highlighting the new look.